How do you add trains to a city without adding to traffic and setting up ugly concrete structures?
It’s a question that Indian Railways engineer Ashwani Kumar Upadhyaya has answered with his concept elevated “Caterpillar Train” (cTrain)
Upadhyaya’s concept won him the MIT Climate CoLab competition. The arch-supported elevated cTrain concept was voted the best solution, among 29 submissions in the Transportation category of MIT’s challenge. Upadhyaya’s Mini Elevated cTrain is supported by thin arches that hold up 2 levels of cTrain traffic.
The rail cars are sleek and minimal, yet spacious
Travelling at 62 miles per hour on elevated tracks, the cTrain rail cars are supported on arches that span a sidewalk. This means that commuters can board and get off the rail cars without creating pedestrian traffic.
Upadhyaya has presented the cTrain concept at the 14th World Conference on Transport Research in China, and is set to present it to leaders from businesses, non-profit organizations, governments, and communities via the MIT Climate CoLab Crowds & Climate Conference on the MIT campus in Boston.